First draft of new D6 nixes Kim, Walker, Daly … and the poor

The first map released by the Redistricting Task Force cuts off the Hayes Valley and north Mission portions of District 6, which coincidentally includes the homes of Debra Walker, Chris Daly and our current Supervisor Jane Kim.

The Redistricting Task Force released their first draft of a redesigned District 6 last week. The newly drawn boundaries shed 29% of excess population by eliminating Hayes Valley and the north Mission. 

While most of South of Market and the Tenderloin would remain intact, Jane Kim, the current District 6 Supervisor, Debra Walker, her principle challenger in the 2010 election, and former Supervisor Chris Daly would all find themselves moved into David Campos’ District 9.

The SRO hotel residents of the north Mission will also find themselves orphans in District 9. Because of their shared concerns with residents of the Tenderloin and the 6th Street corridor, they might justifiably argue that the task force is diminishing the political clout of a group that constitutes a “community of interest.”

The realignment favors the geographic coalition the Supervisor Kim knit together to win election last year. Kim’s winning margin was solidified in eastern SoMa and the Tenderloin, while Walker dominated western SoMa and the north Mission.

The public will have an opportunity to react to the proposal on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at a special meeting of the Task Force that will be held at the Bayanihan Center at 1010 Mission Street. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail to rdtf@sfgov.org.

The Board of Supervisors created the task force to carry out the required redistricting with members appointed by the Elections Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and the Mayor.

Jim Meko, chair
SoMa Leadership Council 

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3 responses to “First draft of new D6 nixes Kim, Walker, Daly … and the poor

  1. bottom percent

    I’m poor and would still be in D6, does that count?

  2. Me too, but if we let them scatter us among two or three districts, we lose influence with any single advocate on the Board of Supervisors.
    – jim meko

  3. It actually looks pretty good to me, I get to become part of District 5. Not that it matters or anything!

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